Florida’s Dark Castle first appeared in 2008 with an elaborately packaged self-released demo (Flight of the Pegasus) that garned a good deal of
favorable attention from the metal press and other bands (including Relapse Records’ Minsk). It is easy to see why this unsigned band turned
so many heads, as there are several obvious elements that separate them from their peers. For one, drummer Rob Shaffer is also the vocalist.
Secondly, most of the guitar work is handled by a woman (Stevie Floyd), which is extremely rare in the extreme metal milieu. Finally, there is no
bass, which is strikingly ballsy in a genre that is so intimately associated with low-frequency amplifier worship.